The Wellesley College Guild of Carillonneurs is commemorating two alumnae who were active in the carillon world. Florence Risley, Class of 1905, attended the college when there was no Green Hall and no carillon. She discovered the instrument in Belgium, when she was working with the YWCA in rebuilding efforts after WWI. Later on she became an active supporter of the carillon at Wellesley, and may have also played the instrument during her long association with the college. Recently her notebook of musical arrangements for the carillon was found in the tower; the students will play the music that Florence offered to the college community when she was here.
Phyllis Clark Webb ’47 was a music major, but she recently remembered to me that “at that time music majors were not allowed to waste their time playing the carillon!” She went on to study the instrument through the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America, and became an active promoter of that organization and of carillon music in general. She served as carillonneur at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Detroit MI, for many years, and always got in touch with the student guild whenever she returned for reunion - and she always came back with bells on! For her 40th reunion in 1987, she offered a carillon concert for her class. The students will offer that music again in her memory.